One of the most biologically diverse rivers globally, the Mekong River captured millions of travellers with its unique charm and significant role in Southeast Asia’s history.
From its origin high up in Tibet, the magnificent river courses over 4900 kilometres through Asia, providing a lifeline for millions of people living in the Mekong Delta.
The delta covers more than 38,800 kilometres and is dotted by fruit orchards, fish farms, and rice fields. The river is a significant water source of rice production in the region.
The world’s 12th longest river flows through six countries from China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
When you book a river cruise, you can witness Mekong’s magnificence, meet friendly people, and immerse in one of the most diverse cultures in the world.
River Cruise Passenger compiled Mekong river cruises for 2022/23 from the top river cruise companies.
Magnificent Mekong River Cruise (Viking)
The 15-days Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City cruise tour will take you to the unique places and cultures in the Mekong River.
Your cruise commences in Hanoi, the former capital of French Indochina, where you can shop in the old markets and explore the thousand-year-old Asian capital where old and new combine in a lush setting of parks and lakes.
In Siam Reap, Cambodia, you can visit Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.
Visit a floating fish farm by wooden sampan in Tân Châu, Vietnam, then take a boat ride to Vinh Hoa, known as “Evergreen Island”. Take a short stroll to immerse yourself in different traditional farming and crafts and other daily activities of local people.
This cruise is scheduled from August to December in 2022 and all 2023 except April, Mary and June.
Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong (Scenic)
This spectacular journey with Scenic starts in Hanoi and ends in Siem Reap.
While in Hanoi, you may choose to visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison. The National Museum of Vietnamese History displays monumental components stretching across every period.
Alternatively, you may join other passengers to explore Ho Chi Minh Quarter and his Mausoleum, the resting place of Ho Chi Minh himself, before visiting the Temple of Literature, originally built in 1070 as a university dedicated to Confucius, scholars and sages.
This Scenic itinerary features a Halong Bay cruise where you can take control and jump into a kayak to paddle your way through a limestone cave system and later take a bike ride on Cat Ba Island, one of the hidden gems of the region. Twined with jungle and wildlife, the island remains mainly untouched by large development.
In Silk Island, you can explore Oknha Tey Island, dedicated to the art of silk weaving. Travel by tuk-tuk to the farm and learn about the traditional process of producing and weaving silk.
In Wat Hanchey, receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before partaking in a ceremony, which contributes to the daily meal of the resident monks.
This Scenic Mekong 5-Star Inclusion features an exclusive gala dinner at an Angkor temple, Vespa foodie night tour of Saigon and Hanoi, VIP seats to Phare Circus in Siem Reap, and more.
Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong (Uniworld)
Uniworld’s 13-days Mekong River cruise will allow you to explore the two of the most beautiful, historic and friendly places in all of Asia, pastoral Cambodia and dynamic Vietnam are intriguing studies in contrast.
The two Southeast Asian countries possess their social traditions and unique charm. In many ways, this cruise tour from Uniworld is less about the sights you see than it is “about the people you meet and the experiences you have along the way”.
In Ho Chi Minh City, you can experience how ancient history melds with the boisterous present in Vietnam’s largest city, where skyscrapers tower over ancient temples and motorbikes putter along picturesque alleys.
In Phnom Penh, you’ll discover the thriving and exotic Cambodian capital, standing at the juncture of three beautiful rivers and divided into three districts, the rapidly changing Old Town, a lovely residential neighbourhood, and the picturesque French colonial area.
Before your journey ends in Siem Reap, your tour will enter the spectacular remnants of Angkor Thom, the royal city. Built during the heyday of the Khmer dynasty in the 12th century, this extraordinary complex of Hindu and Buddhist monuments was once lost to the world for many years, hidden under dense jungle vines.
This Mekong River cruise will use The Mekong Jewel, the newest and most luxurious Uniworld river vessel in the Mekong river. The all-suite Super Ship includes two dining venues, a swimming pool, spa, sauna and steam room, gym, hair salon, nail bar, two lounges and a library.
Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River with Bangkok (Avalon Waterways)
With this 16-days Avalon Waterways river cruise, you can explore Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand, immersing yourself in the unique culture of each destination.
In Vietnam, you can cruise the massive Mekong Delta that covers an area of some 15,000 square miles. This picturesque area is dotted with rice paddies, fish farms, fruit orchards, and more.
In Cambodia, explore French-influenced Phnom Penh, the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and learn about the sobering Khmer Rouge regime.
Then you’ll cruise on the Tonle River north of the city, where you’ll enjoy the scenery as the river narrows and passes through villages and woodlands.
Onboard the Avalon Saigon, this Avalon cruise will show you Asia that other travellers rarely get to see.
Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia (Emerald)
The 21-day Emerald river cruise includes Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An and Hue in Vietnam plus Siem Reap.
Like other Emerald Mekong voyages, the cruise will use the 84-passenger Emerald Harmony, designed to sail to the city centre of Ho Chi Minh. It’s a big deal because passengers don’t need to disembark and ride a motorboat outside the city.